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There was a time when the notion of a home-based business brought to mind envelope stuffing, making cold calls – even scams intended to trick well-meaning stay-at-home mothers just looking for a chance to make extra money. Thankfully, times have changed! Technology has made it possible for home business opportunities to explode, as even employees at major corporations are able to work remotely. Why not a stay-at-home mum?

If you’ve been considering your own home-based business – or are just looking to earn a little money on the side – you’re in luck! Consider these ideas for home business opportunities:

Social media specialist. Many companies don’t have the time or manpower to manage their own social media accounts. If you have experience with social media, understand analytics and how to measure the success or failure of your efforts, you could make a perfect social media specialist.

Freelance writer. Let’s face it: Web pages and blog posts don’t write themselves. Someone with a knack for writing – who also understands the keys to writing effective web copy that ranks well in search engines – has the potential to make a great living as a freelance writer.

Virtual assistant. Virtual offices need virtual assistants, right? You will need to be organized and able to multitask – and what mum can’t do that? Add a reliable internet connection and the ability to communicate clearly and professionally with clients and you have the perfect candidate for a virtual assistant.

Desktop publisher. Many small business owners would love to have beautiful, sharp looking promotional materials, online magazines and newsletters and the like – but they don’t have the time or the skill to make it happen on their own. If you have experience with creative software, you could advertise your services to businesses far and wide.

This is just the tip of the iceberg! Graphic design, web development, bookkeeping…the list goes on as far as your abilities, and don’t worry if you feel that your skills aren’t currently up to par. You can find video tutorials on just about every subject imaginable on YouTube, after all, and websites such as Lynda.com offer courses in many subjects applicable to the handful of ideas listed above – plus plenty more.

There are so many home business opportunities just waiting to be taken advantage of. Why shouldn’t you be the one to take advantage of them?

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